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    37 Medicinal Flowers and Their Uses

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    Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor and nothing in this article should be taken as medical advice. Please talk to your doctor before using any of the herbs or remedies mentioned in this article.

    37 Medicinal Flowers and Their Uses

    You plant flowers in your garden for their beauty. You also probably like the fact that they can help improve the soil and attract bees and other beneficial insects.

    However, did you know that many flowers and flowering herbs have time-honored medicinal properties? Some of these flowers are edible or can be seeped into soothing teas. Others are for topical use only as part of salves and tinctures. Many medicinal flowers can be used to amplify other treatments.

    This alphabetical list is intended as an introduction to medicinal flowers and their uses. As with any medicine you try, it's best to consult your health practitioner or a qualified herbalist before using them as a part of your health regimen. We've also included a few valuable resources at the end of the article.

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    1. Angelica 

    Angelica Sylvestris Flower

    The fragrant Angelica (also known as wild celery) is a biennial and perennial herb that is used for ornamental and culinary purposes. It can grow up to six feet tall and produces large, green-white blossoms beginning in its second year.

    Medicinal uses include the treatment of:

    • digestive disorders
    • coughs
    • colds
    • menstrual pain

    2. Bee Balm

    Bee Balm Flowers

    Bee balm (also called wild bergamot) is a perennial known for its bright summertime blooms of red, purple, pink, or white. It also bears fragrant foliage that helps attract bees.

    You can use the flower heads for the following medicinal uses:

    • antiseptic salve
    • gas relief
    • diuretic

    3. Begonia 

    Begonia Flowers

    Begonias are known for their glossy foliage and colorful blooms. The plants range in size between eight and 48 inches tall. Gardeners appreciate that they are (mostly) deer- and rabbit-resistant.

    An infusion made with begonia flowers can help:

    • relieve headaches
    • flush the body of toxins

    Crushed flowers and leaves rubbed directly on the skin can help heal sores and relieve burns.

    4. Blood Root 

    Bloodroot Flowers

    A herbaceous flowering plant that is in the poppy family, blood root is native to eastern North America.

    Its small white flower can be used to treat:

    • respiratory problems
    • skin rashes
    • warts
    • fever

    5. Blue Lobelia 

    Blue Lobelia Flowers

    Native Americans used this lovely herbaceous perennial to treat syphilis.

    A tea brewed with the blue petals can help relieve:

    • fevers
    • coughs
    • colds
    • digestive problems.

    6. Butterfly Weed

    Butterfly Weed Flowers

    A species of milkweed that attracts butterflies, this flower was used in Native Indian cooking.

    You can use the flower to:

    • relieve congestion
    • reduce swelling
    • heal wounds.

    7. Calendula 

    Calendula Flowers

    The calendula (also called pot marigold) features bright yellow petals.

    When mixed with other substances in an ointment, the petals can be used to:

    • promote wound healing
    • soothe burns and sunburn
    • treat rashes
    • reduce acne and eczema
    • reduce vaginal dryness

    8. California Poppy 

    California Poppy Flowers

    Standouts for their bright orange and yellow color, California poppies are not addictive and do not contain opium.

    However, these plants can help treat the following:

    • anxiety
    • insomnia
    • bladder problems

    9. Carnation 

    Pink Carnation Flowers

    When brewed in a tea, carnation petals can help reduce the following:

    • anxiety
    • fatigue
    • swelling
    • muscle soreness
    • gas pain

    10. Chamomile 

    Chamomile Flowers

    This family of daisy-like plants can be used to make a soothing tea that offers these benefits:

    • reduces cold symptoms
    • relieves menstrual pain
    • soothes stomach upset
    • promotes sleep

    11. Chrysanthemum 

    Chrysanthemum Flowers

    These popular fall blooms also make a nourishing tea that helps relieve:

    • fever
    • headache
    • eye strain
    • fever

    12. Coneflower 

    Coneflower Up Close

    Coneflowers (also known as echinacea) is a tall prairie flower that boasts pink or purple petals. It is used by herbalists to help boost the immune system and help ease cold and flu symptoms.

    It also can help treat the following:

    • viral and bacterial infections
    • boils, cuts, and wounds.

    13. Corn Flower 

    Corn Flowers Up Close

    Gardeners like the distinctive sky-blue color of these flowers. When used in a tea, the flower freshens the breath and works as a laxative. A paste made from corn flowers helps heal acne and irritated eyes.

    14. Daisy 

    Daisies Outside

    The common daisy can be used as a home remedy to help relieve the pain of arthritis and rheumatism. A poultice applied to the skin aids in wound healing.

    15. Dandelion 

    Dandelion Meadow

    You're right; the dandelion is considered a weed, but its flowers have antioxidant properties.

    Here are medicinal uses for dandelion flowers:

    • treat anemia and other blood disorders
    • use as a laxative
    • stimulate the appetite
    • help digestion
    • boost kidney function.

    16. Elecampane

    Elecampane Up Close

    This large biennial plant produces yell daisy-like blooms that can help treat:

    • congestion
    • colds
    • sore throat

    18. Gardenia 

    Gardenia Flowers

    The heavily fragrant gardenia is a fixture in Ancient Chinese medicine. It is used to treat the following:

    • blood ailments
    • bladder problems
    • depression
    • anxiety
    • insomnia
    • viral infections

    19. Hibiscus 

    Hibiscus Flowers Up Close

    The red, pink, white, yellow, and orange petals and leaves of this flower are used in Ayurvedic teas to help lower blood pressure. Hibiscus also helps relieve:

    • diarrhea
    • cough
    • hair loss

    20. Honeysuckle 

    Honeysuckle Up Close

    You can eat honeysuckle flowers raw and use them in an antibacterial gargle that helps soothe a sore throat. Or, you can make a paste with the petals to treat skin inflammation or rashes.

    21. Hyssop 

    Hyssop Flowers with Butterfly

    Since Biblical times, hyssop has been used to improve blood circulation and treat the following ailments:

    • sore throat
    • bronchitis
    • chest congestion
    • rheumatism
    • arthritis.

    22. Jasmine 

    Jasmine Flowers

    Sweet-smelling jasmine flowers are part of the olive family.

    For centuries they have been used to:

    • aid digestion
    • reduce the pain of stomach ulcers
    • ease anxiety
    • reduce insomnia
    • relieve menstrual pain

    23. Lavender 

    Lavender Field

    The soothing fragrance of this perennial flower is used to stress, anxiety, tension, and various body aches and pains. Oil made from lavender oil is helpful in treating burns and wounds. Or, you can try to make a relaxing lavender tea.

    24. Lilac 

    Lilac Flowers

    Steeped lilac petals are part of a medicinal tonic that helps lower a fever and expel internal parasites. You can also make a paste or gel with lilac that is useful in treating skin wounds or burns.

    25. Lotus 

    Lotus Flowers Blooming

    These large white or pink flowers are used in both Eastern and Western cultures to help relieve coughs and bronchitis.

    The lotus flower also helps reduce:

    • fever
    • diarrhea
    • indigestion
    • high blood pressure

    26. Nasturtium 

    Nasturtium Flowers and Leaves

    The nasturtium flower has anti-microbial properties that help make it an effective remedy against cold and flu symptoms. It is also used to treat bladder infections.

    27. Passionflower 

    Passionflower Up Close

    The passionflower, which attracts beneficial insects to your garden, has a high amount of antioxidants.

    It's used to treat the following:

    • insomnia
    • anxiety
    • epilepsy
    • high blood pressure

    28. Peony 

    Peonies Up Close

    Ancient Chinese medical texts often refer to the peony and its use for treating muscular pain and menstrual cramps.

    The stunning flowering perennial also is used to treat:

    • hypertension
    • chest pain
    • muscle spasms
    • fever

    29. Plumeria 

    Plumeria Flowers

    The yellow and white flowers of the plumeria are used to treat skin wounds and ulcers.

    Other uses include the treatment of:

    • nausea
    • vertigo
    • bronchitis
    • headache
    • tinnitus
    • back pain

    30. Rose 

    Roses Up Close

    Roses contain Vitamins A, B, and C and are safe to eat raw.

    Some of the medicinal uses of roses or rose hips are:

    • increase blood circulation
    • relieve depression
    • work as a mild laxative
    • improve skin condition, especially on the face
    • soothe the stomach
    • reduce cold symptoms

    31. Rosy Periwinkle 

    Rosy Periwinkle Flower

    The Rosy Periwinkle is the ingredient in a traditional tea to treat tea for diabetes and high blood pressure. It also has been linked with treatments for leukemia and Hodgkin's Disease.

    32. St. John's Wort

    St. John's Wort

    St. John's Wort produces bright yellow flowers that have been used to treat anxiety and depression.

    In addition, the flower has skin-healing properties and is used to treat the following:

    • genital warts
    • nerve pain
    • sunburn
    • skin irritations and wounds
    • muscle pain

    33. Sage 

    Sage Flowers

    This fragrant biennial plant has grey-green foliage and long stalks of purple flowers. The flower has astringent properties and is used in the following medicinal ways:

    • ease sore throat pain
    • help heal gum disease
    • reduce hot flashes during menopause
    • lower anxiety

    34. Snapdragon 

    Snapdragon Flowers

    The tall and lovely snapdragon can work as a gentle mental relaxant. It can help relieve insomnia or stress.

    35. Sunflower 

    Sunflowers Up Close

    Sunflower tea helps relieve stomach ulcers and menstrual cramps. You can also use it as a gargle to help reduce sore throat pain. Sunflower seeds are a rich source of Vitamin E, B1, B6, manganese, magnesium, and niacin. And a poultice made from sunflower helps take the pain and swelling out of insect bites.

    36. Valerian 

    Valerian Flowers with Ladybug

    This flowering perennial's use in medical treatments dates back to Ancient Greece, where it was used to treat insomnia, fatigue, migraine, and stomach cramps. Ancient folklore states that Valerian root can help heal heartbreak.

    37. Yarrow

    Yarrow Flowers

    You can make a simple poultice by chewing some yarrow for a minute or so and then placing it on a wound, insect bite, or burn. Chewed yarrow can also help relieve toothache pain. Yarrow tea can help lower a fever and reduce cold symptoms.

    Finally, if you are interested in finding out more about using flowers as part of your therapeutic tool kit, here is a list of resources to check out.

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